In 1896, Dartmouth was home to the first clinical X-ray ever performed in the U.S. Over 100 years later, radiology remains a core focus at DHMC, even as it has evolved into an array of new technologies and imaging modalities.
Traditional X-rays have been supplemented with fluoroscopy, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), ultrasound, nuclear imaging (PET, PET-CT, and SPECT), interventional radiology treatments, as well as rapidly developing software technologies, such as 3D imaging. In each of these areas, Dartmouth-Hitchcock has maintained its place as one of America's premier radiological centers, providing direct patient care and diagnostic support to all clinical areas of the hospital, as well as providing teaching programs for new generations of radiologists and a range of research activities designed to improve the power and usefulness of modern medical imaging.
- Details of our role and organization are available at the DHMC Department of Radiology website.
- Excellent descriptions of radiologic procedures and technologies can be found at RadiologyInfo.
Our medical faculty of radiologists work with a dedicated staff of allied professionals in the department: administrators and clerical staff, informatics specialists, nurses, and radiologic technologists. Radiologic technologists (RTs) are at the heart of our clinical mission. They are the imaging specialists whose work in x-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound, mammography, nuclear medicine, and interventional radiology produce the images used for diagnosis and, increasingly, for image-guided treatments.
RTs, along with our nursing staff, are to a large extent the "human face" of our practice, responsible for fostering a clinical environment that encourages trust and confidence. They greet patients, provide explanations, offer reassurance and guidance, and ensure that patients understand and are comfortable with post-procedure instructions when needed. Last but not least, technologists conduct the exam itself, maintaining patient safety and comfort while providing high-quality imaging results for radiologists and referring physicians.
Continuing education opportunities for staff technologists include conferences with nationally-known speakers as well as with DHMC Radiology faculty, technologists, nurses, clinicians, management, and pharmaceutical representatives.
Technologists can also advance their careers into management roles. The experience that technologists develop can directly help in making management decisions about equipment, workflow, and productivity. Technologists can become supervisors (team leaders) who manage daily operations in one modality such as CT scan. Filling senior management roles from within our own technologist ranks has become an established tradition.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Radiology remains at the vanguard of innovation in medical imaging, committed to continuous quality improvement in providing for the health care needs and safety of our patients. We have a long tradition of collegiality and commitment to a healthy and supportive workplace environment, with a variety of continuing education opportunities, and the desire to see all of our people succeed and prosper. We look forward to meeting you!